Introduction to Meta-analysis

2 day course: Tuesday, 13th - Wednesday, 14th July 2021

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A meta-analysis is a method for combining the results from a number of individual trials to get an overall estimate of treatment effect. It can be a tool for obtaining more a precise estimate for the primary outcome for which the individual trials have already shown an effect or as a tool for showing evidence of effect for important secondary outcomes where the individual trials were too small to assess a response.

Who will benefit from this course?

The course is aimed as an introductory level course for quantitative researchers with an interest in undertaking or reviewing meta-analyses. The course will benefit

  • Clinical scientists who need to understand meta-analyses
  • New researchers who want to appreciate the benefits
  • Statisticians who want to understand meta-analyses

No formal statistical expertise is required, but a knowledge of basic statistics such as simple statistical tests would be an advantage.

By the end of the course, delegates will be able to:

  • Understand issues in the analysis and interpretation of meta analyses
  • Be able to decide the best approach for the analysis of a meta analysis
  • Understand some of the challenges such as heterogeneity in meta analyses
  • Read and critique the literature on meta-analyses

Course content:

This is a practical meta-analysis course which will introduce basic concepts and through exercises and case studies illustrate the calculations. The course will consist of a mixture of presentations and practicals.


Steven Julious is the course leader for this short course

Dates and times

2 day course: Tuesday, 13th - Wednesday, 14th July 2021

Times TBC


£599 Early Bird Rate - For bookings received on or before 11pm on 13th April 2021.

£699 Standard Rate Fee - For bookings received on or before 11pm on 29th June 2021.

Bookings for this course will automatically close at 11pm on 29th June 2021.

Booking and payment
Wherever possible we aim to run as many of our ScHARR short courses as is practically possible, but this may be in a different format to how they have previously been delivered, or were intending to be delivered. 

We are currently looking at other ways in which our courses could potentially be delivered e.g. online and which courses this would be suitable for.

Any bookings made for any of our ScHARR short courses will be ‘Covid-19 Secure’ meaning that we would ensure that any courses delivered face-to-face would only be done so if Government guidance permitted, and our venue(s) were able to adhere to all Covid-19 safety measures.

We are continuing to monitor the situation, and we will be regularly updating to comply with Government guidance and restrictions.

We would like to reassure you that any bookings made would be Covid-19 secure, whereby if the course were unable to take place in the format advertised at the time of your booking, we would offer a no-quibble guarantee that we would:

  • automatically transfer your booking to a rescheduled date
  • automatically transfer your booking to the Online version of the course
  • process a full refund, if neither of the above are suitable for you

This course is live on our Online Store, and we are currently taking bookings. 

All of our ScHARR short course bookings are initially processed via our Online Store. Payment is by credit/debit card or PayPal and via invoice (purchase order required) if required.

If your employer is paying your fees, and they would prefer to be invoiced, please ensure you have your purchase order details before making your booking and select the invoice option at the start of the booking process. Bookings are NOT confirmed until receipt of the purchase order is received at

If you have any queries regarding booking or payment, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Course Materials

Course Materials will be provided via a Delegate Course Website approximately 1 week prior to the course start date. Hard copies of exercises will be provided throughout the course as necessary.  Hard copies of PowerPoint presentations will not be provided, but these can be printed by delegates before the start of the course via the Delegate Course Website.

Participants are asked to provide their own laptop for the duration of the course, please contact us if you have a MAC/iPAD or are having problems providing your own laptop.

Accommodation and meals

The course fee includes lunch and refreshments throughout both days of this 2 day course, along with an Evening Dinner on the first evening of Tuesday, 13th July 2021. 

No accommodation is included.  We do however, have preferntial rates at Halifax Hall and Jonas Hotel, details of this and how to book will be provided in an automated email, upon confirmation of your booking.

If you would like further information, please contact the Short Course Unit for further details.

If you have any particular dietary or access requirements then please email the Short Course Unit with your requirements.


Halifax Hall Hotel & Conference Centre
Endcliffe Vale Road
S10 3ER


For further information please do not hesitate to contact the Short Course Unit via email at

or call +44 114 222 2968.

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, outcomes of reviews, and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Information last updated: 6 November 2020